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Corn Starch? Steam? Spray? Valid Treatments or No?

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  1. Itchybutdealing

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Thu Apr 10 2008 20:42:29
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    My PCO will be coming back for the 3rd time tomorrow to retreat the whole house. He says that he will be using steam and spray like before, but also corn starch. What does that do? We have a toddler in the house so pesticide dust is a no no. What about Bonide has anyone had luck with that? Thanks so much for your input.

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Apr 11 2008 14:46:38
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    I have no idea what corn starch will do as it is not an abrasive. It would coat the bugs but I don't think it will harm them in anyway. Its a new one to me. Now the dust is bad with kids but if it is placed behind the trim and you vaccum the floor before the kids start playing, they should be okay. I have 4 kids and do home daycare and the PCO was very careful when he dusted. It just takes some caution, but it can be done.

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Apr 11 2008 19:02:32
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    Hi Angie,

    Ends up that they just sprayed with a few different sprays, Corn starch just under the mattress cover (don't know why), and lots of steam. They say that they don't use powders because they don't feel it is as effective as sprays and steams. Also they probably don't want the liability with kids around. Let;s hope for the best on round #3.

    Thanks for your input.

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Apr 11 2008 20:12:42
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    Corn starch is an extremely fine powder. Could it be that it clogs the breathing spiracles of insects? This is just a guess.


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